Fairs and Markets

Antiques fairs and markets offer a great way to browse and buy.

With so many exhibitors or stallholders in one place you can view a lot of different items quickly and compare prices and quality.

Depending on the event, the first day or morning may be for reserved for trade buyers before the general public gain access.

Some antiques markets are held weekly whereas some fairs may be quarterly, biannual, once a year or have some other frequency. Check the Calendar section of this website for details or view the listings every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette newspaper.

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How Paris comes back to life after the long summer break

08 July 2019

'La Biennale Paris' and 'Parcours des Mondes' bring the dealing scene in the French capital back to life after summer slumbers, while auction houses also rise to the occasion. We take an early glimpse at what will be on offer for the visitor in September.

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Three markets and fairs in Belgium for summer 2019

08 July 2019

A trio of art and antiques events coming up soon in Belgium.

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Appeal for help to trace stolen snuff shoe from antiques fair

04 July 2019

A snuff shoe belonging to dealer J Collins & Son was stolen at the IACF Ardingly fair in West Sussex from a stand in the Norfolk Pavilion.

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Fair organiser aims to create a cosmopolitan vibe with latest event

01 July 2019

As ACVR Events, Jackie Edwards has added another town to her ever-growing list of venues where she holds antiques and vintage markets.

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Sister among brothers in arms

01 July 2019

The story of a woman who bound her chest with sacking and cotton, cut her hair and dyed her skin using furniture polish to get to the Western Front is one of the highlights at Norwich Book Fair.

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Find a bit of Down time at Northern Irish festival

01 July 2019

The month-long Open House Festival held throughout August in the seaside town of Bangor in Co Down, kicks off earlier this year on Saturday, July 6, with a big vintage event held by the festival organisers.

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Strong early sales across London showpiece Masterpiece fair

01 July 2019

A set of three George II silver tea caddies by the famed English silversmith Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) was one of the stand-out sales in the opening days of 'Masterpiece London'.

Splash out to buy Lakeland vintage

01 July 2019

Diane Evans-Taylor is a vintage dealer and runs an upholstery business in the Cumbrian town of Ulverston.

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Full house for inaugural BADA ‘pop-up’ show in Pimlico, to include the 'James Bond desk'

25 June 2019

Members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association have weighed in behind the trade body’s first curated exhibition, with the inaugural event now fully subscribed ahead of its launch tonight.

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Silver casserole tureen serves up early top sale at the Olympia fair

24 June 2019

A silver casserole tureen was among the highlight sales during the early hours of The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia.

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Swallow gives it some Welly

24 June 2019

Organiser says expectations are high for new showground fair starting at end of the month.

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Pistol fires arms fair interest

24 June 2019

This c.1800 flintlock pistol below by James Wilkinson, London, was used on packet ships to protect the General Post Office mail.

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Handy man to know in art week

24 June 2019

Among stand-out exhibitions in the well-represented area of works on paper at this year’s London Art Week (LAW) is a collection of drawings by the German artist Adolph Menzel (1815-1905).

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The art of the city

24 June 2019

Urban Art is London’s largest annual open-air contemporary arts fair, pictured above. It runs every year in July showing 1000-plus pieces of work along the walls and railings on both sides of the tree-lined Josephine Avenue and neighbouring streets in Brixton.

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Three day festival in Mayfair

24 June 2019

A group of pictures by self-taught Mendip artist John Caple is offered at Albemarle Street’s John Martin Gallery during this year’s Mayfair Art Weekend (MAW), the three-day festival event dedicated to the galleries in the heart of London.

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Piper mixes it up at Saatchi

24 June 2019

An artwork painted with oil and sand is among the offerings at the inaugural Fair for Saatchi.

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Rug and textile show debut

24 June 2019

A festival of rugs and textiles organised by HALI magazine joins the busy line-up of London events this summer.

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Six places to see and buy art in London this weekend including Summer Olympia and Sorolla at the National Gallery

21 June 2019

In the closing weeks of June, London is packed with commercial shows, museum exhibitions and art fairs.

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Away days: A selection of destinations that act as magnets for antiques enthusiasts

19 June 2019

Britain still has many ‘antiques’ towns and streets – those picturesque corners of the island populated by shops, galleries and centres that together act as a magnet for antiques tourists. Two of the largest communities of dealers close to London are Petworth and Hungerford, while a busy schedule of regular fairs and markets takes place to the south-west of London.

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Inside the Masterpiece tent for the tenth time

19 June 2019

Housed in a remarkable purpose-built marquee, Masterpiece London returns to the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea for its tenth anniversary

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